Gear Up and Get Out: The Best Tips for Cold Weather Workouts!
Most athletes are familiar with the impact winter weather can have on training plans. As the days get colder, it's harder to stay on track with our exercise. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. Here's your plan for staying motivated and prepared all winter long. We'll tackle the common problems athletes face with winter exercise, offering cost effective solutions. With dedication and the proper workout attire, your winter workouts will be fun and invigorating again.
Mavie's Top 5 Rules for Outsmarting the Cold
1. Don't Wear Cotton
2. Stopping the Wind is Essential
3. Stay Dry
4. Don't Be Afraid to Double Up, Even on Your Socks,
5. Get Some Good Gear, Keep It Clean, and Air Dry It.
When in doubt, keep those 5 basic rules in mind. It's also important to remember that the cold weather brings with it an extra set of challenges. The extreme temps will force your body to work harder, often causing your paces to slow. That's okay. Additionally, there are just some times when it's flat out unsafe to workout outdoors. Be aware of sidewalk and road conditions, and use your best judgement. Now, for all those times when it is okay to get out there and get moving, here's the rest of what you need to know this winter.
30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm.
10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. It’s recommended to use a jacket over your base layer, and wind pants over tights/leggings.
0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-gear) and a jacket. For men, wind briefs will also be helpful.
Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of mittens, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava. For runners who find that they are particularly cold, a gator may also be helpful when running in these conditions.
Minus 20 degrees: 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 extra pairs of mittens, 1 balaclava, sunglasses. Or, simply stay inside!
We have the luxury of living in the South, so it’s rare for us to encounter weather 0 degrees and below; however, it still does get cold. Regardless of where we live, all of these tips are designed to help you stay happy and healthy during the winter season. So, bundle up and hit the trails (or ground) running!
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